Lots of volcanoesOctober 5, 2017 in Portugal
Another good day today despite it being cloudy most of the time but still 22C. This island was originally two, formed by volcanoes 1 - 2 million years ago. About 50,000 years ago some fissures between them spewed lava that joined them together. This morning we went up one of the eastern volcanoes which has a beautiful crater lake, Lagoa do Fogo. Then onto an area of fumaroles with bubbling hot water forming pools. This is a very popular areas with the locals who come to bathe in the iron rich hot water and as today is a national holiday, it was packed.
We continued down to the north side of the island where there is a pretty old town called Ribeira Grande.
This afternoon we went up a volcano at the far west of the island where a whole sequence of eruptions has created several craters most with lakes of rain water in them.
A drive round the west and north coasts brought us back to Ponta Delgarda where we visited a pineapple plantation and saw the lengthy and tricky process to grow just one pineapple per plant.Read more